University IAG: Our weekly blog to support teachers and careers professionals with all things university

Every week we post a new blog, with advice from colleagues in the sector, or ourselves, on key university news, changes or topical debate. You can view a selection of our latest articles below, or select from the list of topics to narrow things down.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 22 Jun '22

How schools and colleges can support students to write a great university personal statement

Clichés, jokes and bending the truth have no place in a professional university application. You may have read a few of these yourself and have been surprised at your students’ hidden talents. Many are unsure of how to start, but it is easy, with the truth! This blog provides some top tips.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 15 Jun '22

A school and college guide to the university admission process and the offers students may receive

With multiple deadlines and key dates for students to remember during their last year of school or college, it can make the university admissions process appear daunting and confusing. This blog provides a guide to the key things students need to know.

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 by Jon Cheek
, posted on 8 Jun '22

How do universities help students in need of additional support whilst at university?

Universities can offer support in many ways to ensure that the needs of students are addressed. This blog tells you how.

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 by David Handy
, posted on 1 Jun '22

How schools and colleges can support students to make option choices with university in mind

As students progress through Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, they will be exploring lots of different opportunities in the wider world. They will have a myriad of choices to navigate. This blog provides a guide for students making choices with university in mind.

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 by Nina Antell
, posted on 25 May '22

A school and college guide to providing information for parents and carers

When it comes to preparing for university, it is vital that parents and carers are kept informed of the provision available at your school or college. This blog will provide a guide to the key things for parents to be aware of - and some opportunities for them too.

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 by Kate Nelson
, posted on 18 May '22

Additional financial support for students at university (outside tuition and maintenance loans)

Grants, scholarships, bursaries, allowances, funds – there is so much available to your students it can be difficult to keep track of it. We explain it all here.

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 by Erin Tungate
, posted on 11 May '22

How schools and colleges can support students making their Post-16 course choices

One of the best ways to support students is providing resources and information so that your students can make their decisions confidently. Here are some tips on how to tackle a couple of the fundamental questions students may ask you.

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 by Izzy Kelly
, posted on 2 May '22

How schools and colleges can support students transitioning from Year 11 to further education

Through working with sixth forms and colleges, my team and I have identified a gap in support for Year 11 students taking their next steps to transition from school into further education. Here, I have compiled a list of key ways you can support students when making this transition.

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 by Richard Hall
, posted on 26 Apr '22

How schools can support underrepresented students to progress to selective universities

As educators, we all aim to ensure that students can make informed decisions on their future and access competitive university places based on merit and potential. Whilst these objectives drive us more than ever, delivering on these goals can be challenging. This blog outlines how you can help.

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 by Izzy Kelly
, posted on 19 Apr '22

What works? Demonstrating impactful university and school/college engagement

For those of us who work with students specifically to help widen participation in higher education, it is important to analyse that work and then evaluate the impact of it. This blog outlines some successful university-school/college initiatives.

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